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* Schools of Nursing / Fast Track Nursing Courses UK: Northumbria University Nursing March Intake Form by Idowu Olabode: January 17, 2017, 12:29:38 PM
Application is now open for the 18 month fast track new adult nursing program of northumbria nursing 2017

Northumbria University and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have worked in partnership to develop a unique and highly innovative, full-time, 18 month work-based route leading to a BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies / Registered Nurse (Adult) degree; recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This option currently is only open to applicants wishing to work in the field of Adult Nursing.

The course is full time and is a mix of clinical and academic study. Your time will be split between University study and clinical placements .

Adult Nursing at Northumbria University


Caring for and supporting adults is immensely rewarding and this Nursing Studies degree will equip you with the nursing knowledge, clinical skills and professional values you will need to work with adults of all ages and conditions.

Northumbria’s Pre-registration nursing programmes are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). On our Nursing Studies course you will spend half of your time studying at university and half on placement, receiving personalised support from a guidance tutor and clinical educator. You will also receive coaching with the other students in your group, both in University and in practice, further supporting your transition from student to qualified nurse. As a result you will graduate as a skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate nurse, able to respond appropriately to healthcare needs and accept professional responsibility.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust can provide part time flexible employment opportunities as a healthcare assistant for candidates who gain a place on the course. In addition, on successful completion of the course the Trust has guaranteed successful candidates an opportunity to apply for employment with them.

In line with the principles and values which underpin the NHS constitution, the University expects all students undertaking programmes which lead to registration as a health professional to demonstrate the NHS values.

Placement


Students will have all of their placement opportunities provided by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. They will benefit from the very strong mentorship, excellent multidisciplinary resources and broad learning opportunities that are well established within the Trust. You will learn in a number of sites across the Trust including community and the new hospital at NSECH, Cramlington. You must be able to travel independently to these sites.

Clinical placement time will be in the region of 37.5 hours per week and you will be required to work a range of shifts as a student nurse, these shifts include weekends, evenings, nights and some bank holidays.

Accreditation


The programme is designed to ensure that students complete the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements of 4,600 learning hours (2,300 in practice and 2,300 in theory which are minimum requirements). Students on this work-based route are given accreditation for relevant prior experience and relevant accredited University level academic study via a robust Accreditation of Prior Learning process which facilitates access to the 3 year programme at the half way point. Students are required to pass all of the remaining modules and the associated practice competencies to be awarded the Degree and give them eligibility for NMC registration as an adult nurse.

Minimum Requirements


5 GCSE’s at grade C or above INCLUDING English Language and Mathematics or equivalent e.g. Functional Skills, Maths and English at level 2

A Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care or equivalent

Substantial experience as a healthcare assistant in an adult nursing related setting able to evidence of a portfolio of skills acquired during this time.

Shortlisted candidates will be expected to pass a Values Based interview process which will be undertaken in collaboration with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust.

They will also need to satisfy the University and NMC entry through completion an accreditation of prior learning process (APL) before a place on the course is secured.

Fees


The fees for the programme are £9000 pro rata (£13,500 total cost for the 18 month programme) students may be eligible to apply for a Trust Financial Scholarship of up to £5000. Further financial support may be available from Future Finance (subject to terms and conditions)

How to apply


To apply for this programme please click on the following link: www.northumbria.ac.uk/bscadultnursing

Additional information


 For further information, please contact the University Admissions Team at: hs.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk or Tel: 0191 243 7900

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* Nursing Jobs / Jedegal International Manpower Agency Hiring 800 Filipino Nurses for UK by Idowu Olabode: January 16, 2017, 09:43:11 PM
POEA-licensed agency Jedegal International Manpower Services, Inc is looking for 800 staff nurses for vacant positions in the United Kingdom.

Jedegal International Manpower Services (POEA LIC. 185-LB-092611-R) is ranked and rated as one of the top ten percent (10%) of the more than a thousand licensed agencies by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

The agency posted online that accepted nurses will get as much as £27,901 or around ₱1,670,000 annually. Interview date will be on February 21, 2017 and induction date on February 24, 2017. If you are interested, here's more details:

Qualifications

• Registered Nurse with at least 1 year Nursing experience (in the last 3 years).
• IELTS Academic passer w/ band score of 7 in all categories in one sitting or a combination of two Academic IELTS taken within 6 months from each other.

Note: For applicants without IELTS, MUST sit IELTS level test and achieve the score of 6.5 in writing and not less than 5.5 on all other areas to proceed for Employer’s personal interview.

Please bring the following ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS upon reporting:
• Resume
• IELTS Academic Certificate (if any)
• Birth Certificate (NSO)
• Marriage Contract (NSO) (if applicable)
• Passport
• Nursing Diploma
• Transcript of Record
• PRC Board Certificate
• PRC ID (colored copy)
• Employment Certificate
• NBI (3 months valid from the date of issue)
• Character References
• 10 pcs. Passport sized photos (white background, all feature of face must clearly seen)

For interested applicants, please report at Accent Tower Bldg. No. 33 Shorthorn St. Project 8, Quezon City until 31 January 2017 (Tuesday) from 9:00am to 5:00 pm.

CONTACT PERSONS:
MS. BEBE - 09162986847 or 09298436801
MR. RONALD - 09151647953 or 09298436129
MS. CRISTINA - 09055742966 or 09186690923

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* MCPDP / Ondo State MCPDP Gets New Facilitators Set to Release 2017 MCPDP Schedule by Idowu Olabode: January 16, 2017, 08:36:43 PM
New Facilitators for the Ondo State Mandatory Continuing Professional Development program for nurses have been chosen following the expiration of the tenure of the present ones. To this end, the Ondo State Mandatory Continuing Professional Development program committee is expected to be inaugurated very soon after which it's activities for the year will be unveiled.

MCPDP, a brain child of the N&MCN was established to expose nurses to current development and trends in nursing profession and is one of the major requirements for the renewal of practicing licence in Nigeria. Each state of the federation is expected to have MCPDP committee cutting across various nursing interest groups in the state. The State MCPDP committee is responsible for among other things scheduling MCPDP activities in the state.

For more information on MCPDP in Ondo State contact:
Mrs Ibitoye O.F
08058023991
07061683769

Comrade OIoniyo
0807 094 8170
08035602861

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* News / What members of American congress can learn from nurses BY MARK LAZENBY by katty: January 16, 2017, 03:21:02 PM
Once again, the American public have rated nurses as the most trusted professionals, as they have for the past 15 years. Members of Congress were at the bottom of the list, as they have been for the past five years. What’s the difference between nurses and members of Congress when it comes to trust? And what can members of Congress learn from this difference?

We trust people when people prove themselves trustworthy. Trustworthy people, the philosopher Onora O’Neil says, are reliable, competent, and honest.



Anyone who has been cared for by a nurse knows that nurses are reliable. They’ll do what they say they’ll do. It may take them a while, but usually this is because they are busy. Research has shown that when nurses are less busy, they deliver even more reliable care.

After years of stubborn refusal to pass laws and perform basic duties, such as to confirm appointed judges, some members of Congress appear unrepentant about their unreliability.

Nurses pass a national certification exam, and they take mandated continuing education courses throughout their career. But nurses truly demonstrate their competence by delivering quality patient care day after day.

Perhaps Congress could institute training for newly elected members on how to govern. The syllabus might include Plato’s Republic or Rousseau’s The Social Contract. Yet many members of Congress come with government or law degrees. These degrees notwithstanding, they could prove their competence by performing their governing duties.

By and large, we trust that nurses are honest. For example, we trust they do not lie about the medications they are about to give. We often ask for them for verification, but we do so out of fear of human error, not fear that they may have malicious motives. After all, nurses have little reason to be dishonest. They don’t want to harm their patients, and they don’t gain income or promotion by bringing more money into the hospital or clinic through trumping up tests or treatments that aren’t necessary. Nurses gain no reward from their honesty beyond knowing that they’ve done their job well, but their patients do.

Members of Congress are not in office for underhanded reasons; surely they have a sense of public service. But unlike nurses, it seems that members of Congress are not disinterested. Many are rich. In 2015, the median net worth of a member of Congress was $1,029,505, compared to $56,355 for the average American household. And they tend to get richer during their time in public service.

But there’s one more quality – perhaps the most important – that makes nurses trustworthy. Nurses care. In hospitals, clinics, schools, prisons, and homes across America, nurses care for others. Sure, nurses earn a paycheck, but as a nurse, I can tell you that on many a day, the paycheck does not make up for the stress of having another person’s life in my hands. Nor does it soothe my aching feet, sore back, and hands cracked from repeated washing. We nurses care for others because it is the right thing to do. We care for others regardless of who they are. We show we care through our daily acts of nursing for all people who need it.

On the first day of the 115th United States Congress, a majority of the members of the House of Representatives voted to weaken the Office of Congressional Ethics. It makes one wonder for whom these members care. To be sure, there must be many members of Congress who care for all people in their constituencies, not just for those who are likely to re-elect them or those who may help them to enrich themselves. But to improve their position on the “Most Trusted” poll, perhaps members of Congress could follow nurses’ example. Perhaps the American public would trust members of Congress more if, through their repeated acts of governing on behalf of all Americans, they showed us they care.

Source : http://blog.oup.com/2017/01/what-members-of-congress-can-learn-from-nurses/

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* MCPDP / NMCN Releases CPD Guidelines for License Renewal, Other Courses Now Recognised by Idowu Olabode: January 16, 2017, 12:41:57 PM
In line with her promise to increase MCPDP requirements for License Renewal for Nurses at the recently concluded NANNM National Delegates Conference in Osogbo  The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has Released New Conditions for Renewal of Professional Nursing Licence.
 
In a recently memo, the council noted that to promote continuous quality improvement in the delivery of nursing care and to encourage all Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria to participate fully in continuing professional education, it has reviewed the requirements for renewal of professional nursing licences.
 
The council further directed that with effect from June 30th 2017, every Nurse/Midwife wishing to renew his or her licence shall provide evidence of completion of continuing education programmes equivalent to a minimum of 6.0 Continuing Education Units(CEU).
 


Below is the content of the memo:

Please note that:
i. Every Nurse or Midwife is expected to earn a minimum of 6.0 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) which is equivalent to 60 continuing education contact hours within each three-year cycle of licensure.
 
ii. The CEU can be acquired from any recognized and accredited N&MCN Continuing Professional Development Programmes.
 
iii. Three (3) units of these CEU i.e. 30 contact hours must mandatorily be from the Council organized MCPDP.
 
iv. Conference certificates from International Confederation of Nurses (ICN), International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) and West African College Nigeria (WACN) - AGM/BGM that shows the credit unit earned will be recognized as stated but not more than 3 units.
 
v. Other recognized Nursing conferences, workshops and seminars by Nursing specialties and sub specialties that are recognized by NMCN will earn a maximum of 2 units.
 
vi. Foreign based Nurses requesting for renewal of licensing should present the following:

- Driver's license or state identity card or visa page
- Evidence of attendance of cumulative 60 contact hours of Continuing Education Programme in their country of residence over a period of 3 years
 
vii. Registered Nurses and Midwives currently undergoing full time Nursing programme are exempted from MCPDP until completion of their programme.
 
viii. Fresh graduates of any accredited Nursing programmes are also exempted within one year of graduation. Please ensure that this information is disseminated to all nurses and midwives in the State for maximum compliance.

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* Articles / Are our busy doctors and nurses losing empathy for patients? by Idowu Olabode: January 16, 2017, 11:10:10 AM
Every day, doctors, nurses and other health professionals are presented with situations that demand empathy and compassion.

Whether telling a 40-year-old man with cancer he doesn’t have long to live, or comforting an elderly woman who is feeling anxious, the health professional needs to be skilled in understanding what the other person is going through, and respond appropriately.

With more demand on doctors and nurses and a push for quicker consultations, clinical empathy is being dwarfed by the need for efficiency. But this doesn’t mean patients have stopped wanting to be treated in a caring and empathetic manner. And there is a growing body of evidence that this need is often not being met.

Empathy is key to good communication


In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch tells his daughter Scout that “you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”.

This is empathy – where one identifies with another’s feelings. It involves compassion and the ability to understand and respond to the feelings of others. Often, an empathetic response leads to a caring response.

Empathy is different to sympathy which is described as feeling sorry for another person. This does not require us to understand the other person’s point of view, but is an automatic, emotional response. In health care, feeling sympathy for another person can overwhelm us with sorrow and often preclude us from helping.

In recent times, poor communication, including lack of empathetic and caring behaviours, has resulted in an increasing number of complaints against health professionals in Australia.

Shocking cases of maltreatment at a United Kingdom public hospital between 2005 and 2009 reveal the extreme consequences of negligence, poor communication and lack of empathy in health care. Incidents ranged from patients being forced to drink from flower vases to lying in their own excrement. More than 300 deaths were directly linked to this neglect.

At the crux of the recommendations made in a report of the inquiry into the incidents was the need for improved communication between health care workers and patients.

Empathy is fundamental to effective communication. For doctors and nurses, this means placing the patient at the centre of care. This skill leads to increased levels of satisfaction not only in patients but also the doctors and nurses. Importantly, it is also associated with improved patient outcomes.

Why are nurses and doctors losing empathy?

Technology has greatly contributed to health professionals’ diminishing levels of empathy.

It has come at the cost of changing the way doctors and nurses interact with their patients. Because there are fewer opportunities for direct patient contact, it hinders the ability to develop a rapport with patients, monitor their non-verbal communication and elicit feedback on the interaction.

For instance, touch has historically been a large part of the work of a nurse. When nurses hold a patient’s hand or arm to take their pulse, for instance, it contributes to the kind of connection that has been shown to release the feel-good hormone oxytocin.

But taking a patient’s pulse manually is now more often than not replaced by a probe attached to a patient’s finger.

Computers on wheels create a physical barrier for nurses when they use them to administer medications and access documents; and smart phones that support patient interviews have replaced the opportunity for a nurse to physically be present and develop a rapport with a patient.

Meanwhile, virtual reality games and experiences are often used to distract patients undergoing painful procedures, when in the past a nurse may have held the patient’s hand.

Learning often takes place using simulation technology, where students interact not with actual human beings but with computerised mannequins.

It is understandably difficult to respond to a mannequin as a patient with emotional needs. Students subsequently find it difficult, in a real clinical setting, to integrate desired communication skills – in particular, empathy.

University programs are often content-heavy, with graduates required to meet many competencies before they can be registered with professional bodies.

The result can sometimes be that students in health professional courses tend to focus on clinical and technical skills at the expense of good communication.

The disruptiveness of technology may also be a factor affecting the ability of nurses and doctors to be empathetic and compassionate. Technology encourages multitasking, which is good for efficiency, but can distract health care professionals from important interpersonal interaction with patients.

Funding constraints in the university sector, decreasing clinical placement opportunities, the increasing complexity of patients, and a heightened awareness of ensuring patient safety and the associated legal responsibilities, all contribute to the increasing use of the controlled learning environment laboratories offer.

Learning in laboratories using technology is being developed to maximise experiences that develop empathy. Good communication needs to be role-modelled, taught and assessed in university programs and throughout clinical practice.

We need a better understanding of empathy development in health professions and more research on how to improve the situation with changing technologies. Most importantly, though, we need always to listen to our patients.

Source : The Conversation https://theconversation.com/are-our-busy-doctors-and-nurses-losing-empathy-for-patients-68228

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* Articles / Layoff Rumors? 5 Things to Do Now by Julia Quinn-Szcesuil by katty: January 15, 2017, 05:46:09 PM
Nurses today enjoy excellent career prospects with high job demand and nursing jobs opening up in many specialties. But nursing jobs tend to blossom in regions and if your region isn’t one of them, you might not be feeling a lot of job security.

If your position seems a little perilous, what’s your best plan? Always be prepared. Even if rumors of layoffs and reduced hours are just rumors, the stress they inspire in a staff cannot be understated. If you’re one of those nurses, the daily worry about if you’ll have a job or even enough hours to keep you gainfully employed is exhausting and can negatively impact your job performance.



Throughout your career, the best thing you can ever do is be ready for a job change. And that’s not always because you expect something bad to happen. You could also have an unexpected and fantastic job opportunity arise. In that case, you shouldn’t have to scramble to get your resume and your LinkedIn profile updated while also preparing for an interview panel.
Here’s how to always be ready for a change – expected or not.

1.Update Your Resume, Even If You’re Not Job Hunting


Keeping your resume and your LinkedIn pages updated and current is just smart business practice. You cannot predict what’s going to happen next, so you want to be ready for anything. And if you update everything as you go, you won’t forget a project or a skill that could be important enough to trigger an interview request.

2. Keep Learning


You might have the same job you had 10 years ago, but your skill set is different. With new technology, additional seminars, and on-the-job training, you have learned more. As a nurse, if your skills aren’t constantly refreshed, you’re falling behind. Don’t let that happen. Actively pursue an additional degree, even if it is one class at a time. Go for certifications in your specialty or a specialty you’d like to move into. Being ready for any opportunity increases your chances of success.

3. Network Every Chance You Get


When you’re actively looking for a job, networking will help you. The more networking you do, the more chances you’ll have to find a good match. But even if you aren’t looking, keeping up with others in the industry keeps your name, skills, and capabilities front and center. Someone might ask you to join a committee or to help spearhead a new campaign. Saying yes and working with peers opens up your nursing career.

4. Stay on Your Toes


Don’t get lazy when you aren’t directly working with patients and on patient care. When you’re at work or at an event with people from work, keep your professional attitude. Be someone who can make excellent and authentic small talk with everyone—from the person who delivers the packages to your floor to the CNO—and then do it.

5. Boost Other Nurses


Be the person who champions nurses and helps others understand all the things nurses do. Spread the word about nursing as a career. Enthusiasm is contagious and others will join you. You might not get a job offer, but you’ll get a great reputation as someone who is a positive force in the world of nursing.

So whether you’re wondering about layoffs or happy in your job, there are some things you should do as routine career maintenance. Being prepared helps your career whether you’re just starting out or 40 years in. And if you are worried about a career change, you’ll know you’re ready for anything.

Julia Quinn-Szcesuil
Julia Quinn-Szcesuil is a freelance writer based in Bolton, Massachusetts.

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